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RX For Happiness April 4, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Robert Louis Stevenson penned this prescription for happiness:

Tree-Frog-PerchedMake up your mind to be happy.
Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

Make the best of your circumstances.
No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life.

The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Frog-CircusYou can’t please everybody.
Don’t let criticism worry you.

Don’t let your neighbor set your standards.
Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.

Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual ones.

Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges.

Tree-Frog-PerchedaDon’t hold post-mortems.  Don’t spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes.  Don’t be one who never gets over things.

Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Aah . . . that’s better!

And for an extra dose of Happy:




1. anotherday2paradise - April 4, 2015

Love this prescription, Nancy, and your photos are too cute for words. 🙂 Happy Easter weekend. xx

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Here’s to being happily embraced in the Now as moments flow by! Have a wonderful weekend, Sylvia.

2. suzicate - April 4, 2015

All good points!

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.

3. Silver in the Barn - April 4, 2015

I recently learned what an adventurer Robert Louis Stevenson was. Quite the interesting guy on many levels. Great post, Nancy, with your words of wisdom. Wishing you a very Happy Easter weekend.

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Thanks, Barbara. Our weekend is off to a great start with a bike ride under sunny skies and a bowl of raisins and spice oatmeal under my belt.

This evening we’re going to Robinson Preserve for the Grand Opening of a photo exhibition on the nature in the area. We may enjoy a sunset view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the observation deck before we leave.

Silver in the Barn - April 4, 2015

Sounds simply heavenly. 😊

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Hope your weekend (and week) are filled with all good things!

4. Pix Under the Oaks - April 4, 2015

All great thoughts to live by. The last one really works for me! I have Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating” on my phone as a ringtone from October through January.. it just says holidays to me. Of course I hardly ever get a phone call and I am not a talker on the phone. Peeps just want to text. Love listening to the Charlie Brown Medley… can’t help but smile.. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend Nancy! Tell BFF we said “hello” 🙂

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Thanks, Pix. The last one works for me too. I am happy when “happily engaged” with the Now in a suitable pursuit ~> a walk, a conversation, a bike ride, a book, a movie, a puzzle, peeling carrots, eating pizza, listening to music, watching waves, meditating, writing, painting, etc.

I’ll pass along your greetings to BFF. Say “hey” to CH from us.

5. anotherday2paradise - April 4, 2015

Forgot to mention that I so enjoyed the Piano Guys. They’re absolutely brilliant! 🙂

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

I’ve listened to that clip a few times . . . always with a BIG grin on my face. Glad you enjoyed the frogs too.

6. Jill Weatherholt - April 4, 2015

What a wise man. “Don’t be the one who never gets over things.” Love that one!

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Yes!!! I’ve know any number of people who cart out stale baggage from decades earlier in order to wallow in the muck and mire. One hung up on me when I said I didn’t want to spend time debating something that someone did NOT do . . . 10 years ago!

Happy Weekend, Jill! May you be surrounded by all good things.

Jill Weatherholt - April 4, 2015

I feel sorry for people like that, Nancy.
Happy Weekend to you too! I hope you find yourself a delicious pizza! 🙂

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

I finished the Taxes this week . . . which means I am due for a Pizza Reward! 😎

7. Don - April 4, 2015

Good solid sense.

nrhatch - April 4, 2015


* Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense. ~ Josh Billings

* Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

8. Morgan - April 4, 2015

🙂 Blessings of Joy and Renewal on this Lovely Eastertide 🙂

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

May all peace, blessings, good fortune, and delight be yours.

9. livelytwist - April 4, 2015

Make up your mind to be happy.
To this I add, then be happy! *insert Pharrel Williams’ Happy, here and dance* 🙂

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Duly inserted!

livelytwist - April 4, 2015

dancing . . . XD

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Dance on!

10. Val Boyko - April 4, 2015

Love love love!! Boogieing all the way to the airport 😉

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Have a Bonnie time!

Val Boyko - April 4, 2015

Thanks Nancy- I’m at Newark airport … catching up 😉

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

Safe travels!

11. Barb - April 4, 2015

It’s all common sense but we still have to be reminded from time to time. That song of Pharrell Williams is so infectious, it’s hard NOT to be happy when we hear it.
Sounds like you are off to a great start for the weekend!

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

We are, Barb! And I agree. I can’t hear that song without singing and dancing about.

12. Behind the Story - April 4, 2015

All good advice. Robert Louis Stevenson did not have an easy life. I’m glad he had a good attitude. I’ve enjoyed his stories since childhood, but when we moved to the South Pacific, I came to appreciate him even more. He was a hero to the Samoans who place a high value on storytellers.

nrhatch - April 4, 2015

One of my favorite books as a child was “A Child’s Garden of Verses” ~ a collection of poetry for children by Robert Louis Stevenson. Later, I read Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and enjoyed his storytelling. But I don’t know much about the man behind the words except that he was Scottish.

13. Tiny - April 5, 2015

Great advice! But the extra dose was the tastiest! Loved the concert and the audience.

nrhatch - April 5, 2015

That’s my favorite part of this post too!

Just got back from sunrise on the beach under a full moon shining over the Gulf. Peace.

Tiny - April 5, 2015

Oh wow! That is a most peaceful experience. I need try do that tomorrow morning… Peace.

nrhatch - April 5, 2015

Nice to be on the beach at the dawn of day . . . before throngs of beach goers arrive toting chairs, coolers and umbrellas.

14. Behind the Story - April 5, 2015

Stevenson was sickly most of his life. I think it started with lung problems. The climate in Scotland never agreed with him. He probably had undiagnosed tuberculosis. He did his most famous work while confined to bed. He spent his last six years in the South Pacific, settling in Samoa with his wife. He died there from a stroke at the age of 44. His Samoan home, Vailima, is open to the public, but the day I tried to visit, it was closed. So sad!

nrhatch - April 5, 2015

Thanks, Nicki. I just read a brief bio for RLS ~ he fit a lot of life into his short stay here, even getting a law degree instead of the engineering degree required for the family business.

And he left some enduring works.

15. Three Well Beings - April 6, 2015

I’ve heard parts of this before, Nancy, but never the whole thing and I didn’t know Stevenson was responsible for it! Magnificent! I’d like to keep a copy of this close at hand and share it often. 🙂 And the Youtube was simply wonderful as well. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, nothing will!

nrhatch - April 6, 2015

Thanks, Debra. just did a bit of digging and expect that it is NOT the work of Robert Louis Stevenson:


Even so, it’s good advice. Like that found in Desiderata.

The more we smile, the faster we chase away the clouds.

16. L. Marie - April 6, 2015

I so needed this post on this day!!! Love the quotes and especially love the Piano Guys video. I’ve seen many of their videos and really love them. But this one was special. I loved seeing members of the audience get up and dance.
Was that “Linus and Lucy”?

nrhatch - April 6, 2015

Glad it resonated with you, Linda. It’s great advice to follow, especially when we want to lesson the power and control that “others” have over us. As Eleanor Roosevelt noted, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

When we withhold our consent, we can dance to the Charlie Brown Medley even in the midst of raging cyber storms.

17. jannatwrites - April 15, 2015

I think these are great tips for happiness… specific things we can do to alter our state of mind. Happiness is a choice, after all 🙂

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

I have been sad in the midst of happiness and happy in the midst of sadness. What’s happening inside our head flavors everything.

When we master our thoughts, we master our life.

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